Chateau Angelus 1996

Review of the Estate

Named Chateau Angelus because the sound of the Angelus bells, from three, different, nearby churches that can all be heard in the vineyard at the same time, for eight generations the De Boüard de Laforest family have owned and run Chateau Angelus which is situated in Saint-Émilion. Today, Chateau Angelus is headed by Stéphanie de Boüard.

In 1954, Chateau Angelus became a classed growth and, in 1996, it was further elevated from Grand Cru Classé to Premier Grand Cru Classé B. In 2012 Chateau Angelus was again raised, to what is the region's highest classification level, Premier Grand Cru Classé A.

The grapes harvested at Chateau Angelus are meticulously sorted in the cellar, using three sorting tables, and fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks, concrete tanks, and oak vats. After fermentation, Chateau Angelus wine is racked into new, oak barrels. Blending and assemblage is carried out following the first summer of ageing. Then the wine is then aged for another 20-26 months.

 

Vineyard

Surface area: 57.8 acres

Grape Varieties: 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

Average age of vines: 30 years

Density of plantation: 7,000 - 8,000 vines per hectare

Average yields: 32 hectoliters per hectare

Average cases produced: 6,000 per year

Plateau of maturity: 4 - 25 years

 

Chateau Angelus

 

Chateau Angelus Bottles

 

Chateau Angelus

Chateau Angelus Label

Robert Parker Angelus 1996 Review

Score: 91+ Points

1996: A massive, powerful Angelus, this wine exhibits a saturated black/ruby/purple color as well as an impressively endowed nose of dried herbs, roasted meats, new saddle leather, plum liqueur, and cassis. In the mouth, olive notes make an impression. This sweet, full-bodied, exceptionally concentrated wine is atypically backward and ferociously tannic. It was revealing more sweetness and forwardness immediately prior to bottling, but I would now recommend at least 3-4 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025. Last tasted, 1/02.

Score: 91+

Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

Chateau Angelus 1996 Recent Price History

Prices below are sourced from wine-searcher.com 

WineVintageJuly 2008 
Value Per Case
July 2013 
Value Per Case
Value Increase Percentage 
Increase
Angelus 1996 £1,212 £1,884 £672 55.44%

Chateau Angelus Wine List

Angelus 1990 Angelus 1991 Angelus 1992
Angelus 1993 Angelus 1994 Angelus 1995
Angelus 1996 Angelus 1997 Angelus 1998
Angelus 1999 Angelus 2000 Angelus 2001
Angelus 2002 Angelus 2003 Angelus 2004
Angelus 2005 Angelus 2006 Angelus 2007
Angelus 2008 Angelus 2009 Angelus 2010
Angelus 2011    

 

Bordeaux Investment Wines - Chateau Angelus 1996 Review

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